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we have to act immediately. that's what she said last week. today in lynchberg a reminder maybe she is right now. it was supposed to be the end of the story. the man who murdered 19-year-old stephanie nieman would be put to death. now the beginning of a conversation about the death penalty. joining us tonight, the stepmother of the mom who died on the table last night. >> a botched execution in oklahoma is renewing the legal debate over capital punishment. >> breaking news from the state prison. >> last night's botched execution of a death row inmate. >> 38-year-old clayton lockett.
>> convicted for the murder of 19-year-old stephanie nieman. >> the first of two scheduled executions did not go as planned. >> it was clear something was not right. >> witnesses said that lockett tensed, crashed, clenched his teeth. >> he was struggling to get up, to talk. >> it took lockett 43 minutes to die. >> and to what is typically a process lasting 6 to 12 minutes a awe even when the death penalty its justified it must be carried out humanely. >> the state needs to be certain of its protocols and its procedures. >> they wanted to hurry up and get it done. with as little transparency as possible. off awe using a new untested, three drug lethal injection. >> untested cocktail of questionable drugs. >> this combination has never been tried in oklahoma. >> furious legal battle in oklahoma over whether the state could do this. >> a national issue. >> reignited debate over capital punishment. >> renewing the legal debate over capital punishment.
>> after an execution last night in oklahoma went disturbingly wrong. good evening. i'm in for lawrence o'donnell. after the legal back and forth over the source of an untested drug combination, the state of oklahoma got the chance to dupe -- do what it fought hard to do last night. lockett was convicted of shooting stephanie nieman in 1999. in a horrific crime ordering his accomplices to bury her alive. now this would have been the state any first double execution in over 70 years, but as you have seen that was not to be. instead the state of oklahoma witnessed a chaotic disastrous night that resulted in one inmate any death by heart attack now. that fill year led the state to delay the other inmate's execution. the process was supposed to use one drug to sedate lockett. second to pair rise, third to stop his heart. instead this is how reporters who witnessed the botched execution described it moments
after leaving the viewing room and before lockett was declared dead. >> his body was, continued to move. locking, locking up. his head was lifting. tightening his muscles. he was exhaling. >> he was still, lifting his shoulders and head off the gurney. grimacing. >> he was struggling to talk. those were the word he got out. man, i am not -- and -- something is wrong. >> of seemed like he was trying to get up. at 6:39. they lowered the blinds. >> we didn't know what was happening on the other side of the blinds. whether he was dying or they were pumping drugs in him. >> briefly here are the key points that we know about last night. the execution began at 6:23 p.m. local time. 7 minutes in. lockett is conscious, heard saying, man, i'm not. state's doctor declared him unconscious at 6:39. lockett's body begins convulsing, shaking. 6:49.
the execution is halted. 43 minutes after he was administered the first of three drugs. clayton lockett is pronounced dead from an apparent massive heart attack t at the white house today, press secretary jay carney weighed in on this execution. >> the crimes are indisputably horrific and heinous. but of it is also the case we have a fundamental standard in this country that even when the death penalty is justified it must be carried out humanely. and i think -- everyone would recognize that -- that -- this case fell short of that standard. >> in oklahoma, mean while, governor mary fallin reaffirmed her support of the death penalty but also called for a type of review of the state's procedures here. >> he had his day in court. i believe the legal process worked. i believe the death penalty is inappropriate. an appropriate response and punishment to those who commit heinous crimes against their fellow men and women.
however, i also believe the state need to beep certain of its protocols and its procedures for executions and that they work. >> now that review its not independent. here's what it will look into. three items. the cause of lockett's death. whether the protocols were followed during the execution. and whether those protocols actually require some further reform. more broadly when you look at a story like this that draws national attention and condemnation, you have people questioning whether the u.s. executes people in the right way. or whether they're even is a right way. and in just a few minutes i will talk with sister helen prejean, author of "dead man walking." but we begin with an exclusive interview with clayton lockett's stepmother, ladonna hollin. thank you for joining us. how are you? >> i'm fine.
how are you? >> i'm okay. obviously look people around the country. i am looking and learning abut this case. obviously a difficult time for you. just start by telling us what you can about what happened last night? last night my son was unjustly executed. he died in extreme pain. i was watching it on the news. clayton had requested that i not be at the execution. because he had anticipated that something like this may happen. i feel that -- that the drugs that were used were unconstitutional. i'm not quite sure if they were administered properly. and i want to know why? i want to know why after numerous stays of execution the execution was carried out and my
son was tortured to death in front of a lot of people. >> when you look at what happened and you use the word torture. in your view do you think this was something that happened because the state just didn't care how this execution was conducted? or do you think there was a sort of a deliberate desire to make this painful? >> i think that it was a desire to get it over with in a quick manner i believe that it didn't matter that the drugs were not tested. i believe it went forth without even any testing at all. i don't think that it mattered. i think the only thing that mattered is that my son was put to death by any means necessary. >> something that you have mentioned previously is your
conversations with him, his fears about this. what was on his mind the last time you spoke with him when they were going to go ahead and do something here that they hadn't really tested out in terms of these particular drugs? >> he was very concerned about the drugs that they were using. he knew that that there was enough time for them to be tested. he was very upset that the stay was lifted without -- without the protocol being looked into. completely. clayton's concern was for -- for other people that were going to be executed behind him. as well as himself. i would say, that he was very worried about that. >> and -- when you look at, at what happened here you, have said before. you are not necessarily automatically against the death penalty as a approximately see. a debate that is going on. what do you think should have happened and what to due you say
or what do you think about the victim tough the crime which we reported on. >> the victim died a horrible death. and i feel that my son would have been put to death regardless for his crime. and i think that -- that it was necessary in a sense. but i do not believe that it should have been carried out quite the way it was. there is a constitutional law that states that. stephanie nieman died in a bad way. i feel sorry for that. and, in my heart, i have apologized to family for that. but let's get back to what really matters is the fact that, there is a constitutional law that we must follow, all of us, men, women, governors, senators. all people must follow the constitutional law.
i do believe my son's rights were violated in a horrible way. and that this need to be stopped. that's why i am here. >> and just briefly, last question, i did want to ask you. because this is part of what a lot of people are talking about. is you have been very close to this you. looked at this process which clearly was a breakdown by any estimation what should be done you mentioned. do you think the way the death penalty its used here is making us as in your state, oklahoma, or around the country making us safer or not? >> not. i do not believe it is making us safer. i do not believe that at all. i think it leaves, the state of oklahoma open. for a lot of things really. one thing is for sure, we are not administering the drugs properly.
and people are being tortured to death and pronounced dead and they are still alive and they are suffering great pain with these drugs. and i think that it needs to be stopped. halted until we can look into this thing and find out what is really going on and get the proper way. to put people down. >> understood. ladonna, thank you very much. difficult time. appreciate you speaking out and speaking with me tonight. >> you are very welcome. >> thank you. >> joining me now, i mentioned earlier, sister helen prejean, author of "dead man walking." thank you as well for joining me tonight. >> glad to be here. >> let's start with your thoughts on what happened last night. what we know and need to know about this. >> i have accompanied six men to execution. three in the electric chair. and three by lethal injection.
there is no humane way to put a conscious imaginative human being to death. we have taken on this on ourselves to say, first of all, that our government and our courts are going to have the wisdom to select the worst of the worst murderers, which the supreme court has the said is supposed to be the criteria. that we can select the worst of the worst. and that we will then administer a punishment of death. once you accept killing of people as punishment of their crime is acceptable. whether lethal injection is painful or not. in some of the hearings that went on in this issue. pains say supposed to be part of death. when you die you are supposed to have pain. in the discussions of the court in lethal injection.
if you are not sure if the first drug works, slap them around a bit see if they're stale wake. he said that in a light vein. we are dabbling in method. the basic fallacy of saying we can allow our government to have the option to choose to kill some of our citizens and have the wisdom to choose who needs to be killed. everything about it is wrong. and as far as the process goes and the method. the danish company that was making the main drug that they used for years, they found out that their drug was being used to kill people. exactly opposite of what they produce the drug, heal people and help them through the surgery. they stopped the drug. that's why you have all this scurrying around. >> if i may have jump in. you mention that that was part of the underlying fight here was over the drugs and the secrecy that was going to be practiced. as we have reported a lot of back and forth maneuvering on
that. the reason that matters. what you have a lot of people, companies. that don't want to be in the killing business. so then that creates the undertow. i want to read to you something from the mother of charles warner's victim. let me go ahead and do that. >> sure. >> discussing the death penalty. quote that would dishonor my daughter, dishonor me and everything i believe in. i wouldn't want to have to know about something like that. i've wouldn't want to know my hand or what i want through personally is the reason why he, the inmate is no longer living. when he dies i want it to be because it is his time, not because he has been executed because due to what happened to me and my child. i mention that because having just interviewed ladonna hollins on the other side but isn't against the death penalty. here is some one who is. we talk about the victims. we want to honor and remember them. what do you say, to victims, families when you look at the idea that these, these people
who did these heinous crimes should receive main in jail but not have their lives ended. >> one of the things that is changing us in this country. we are beginning to end the death penalty in the united states. it has been the witness of victims families saying, that the death penalty actually revictimizes them. they're told this is going to give justice for your dead child. and we well call you in. to witness it. and they start waiting, 10, 15, some times, 20 years. and they're just saying, how do we heal? they're waiting for this -- closure. that never comes. but, people could be a different places on this journey. and in the beginning, all of the victims' families i know all started out in great anger and would look to put their hands around the throat of the person that killed their child and strangle them to death with their bare hand.
most victims families don't stay there. the real issue about the death penalty is us. see. people do terrible crimes. why are we taking on ourselves that we can decide to which of these first of all is the worst and we know the pattern in the united states. overwhelmingly, it's when white people are killed the ultimate punishment is sought. >> let me put that on the screen for the numbers. and give you the final word. the important part that can't be ignored when you look at it structurally. when you look at seeking death penalty tin interracial murders. 20 white defendants dealing with a black victim. 270, black defendants when there is a white victim. death row population by race overall, 42% black. highly overrepresented. that goes to some structural problems and how we do this. doesn't it? did you hear me?
i was, i was, did i lose you? i was asking if you would speak to the, the racial disparity as well? i think we have lost sister ellen prejean. i think we were agreeing on the final point. and appreciate her time absolutely. and we will be staying and bringing you more on this story as warranted. most certainly. coming up. we have radio silence from mr. donald sterling after the lifetime ban from the nba. and something that might be a ray of hope here. oprah is perhaps interested in buying the clippers. also, ted cruz versus elizabeth warren on the senate floor. all about the minimum wage. breaking news about store -- toronto mayor rob ford. ♪
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the next steps in the possible removal of mr. donald sterling. adam silver urging the ten member committee to force sterling to sell the team after his infamous racist remarks. there may be a wide range of buyers. high profile celebrities are throwing their names into the court for a shot at taking over the ownership of the clippers to. day, a spokesman for none other than yes, oprah, told msnbc. oprah winfrey is in discussion with david geffen to make a bid for the l.a. clippers should the team become available. several musicians are also interested, or at least interested in being part of the story. rapper rick ross, ricky rose tweeted i would be interested in invested in l.a. clippers. sean diddy combs said i will be a knicks fan but i am a businessman. name your price. there are all told l told about nine openly interested investors.
this rapidly growing roster. another potential owner, donald sterling's, estranged wife rochelle, cheering and smiling at last night's playoff game. donald sterling seen coming out of an l.a. steakhouse sunday night and hasn't been seen since. joining me now, an expert in the field of sports law. gabe feldman, and mike pesca, welcome, gentlemen. what do you make of this mad dash to talk about buying team. >> i guess, oprah, if this was a greek tragedy. who knows? who cares? >> you don't think there is a huge symbolic power in some one like oprah winfrey stepping up right out of the gate, making it clear the money is there, not only abut race but happens to be one of the wealthiest and most successful african-americans in our country? >> since this is just some entertainment rumor, the story started on tmz, with an audio like. now it is in the realm of entertainment.
i guess the l.a. clippers are an l.a. franchise. seems so many steps away, and we are already burying donald sterling not that he deserves for us to shed a tear. we could talk to gabe about this. i think he has a few legal tricks up his sleeve. and who knows how soon he will be selling the team or if heave will actually beep forced to sell. >> you know what, mike? we can talk to gabe about this. i have gabe right here. talk us through of a little bit of the law. because, without getting too boring on us. two lawyers, one sports guy. can he litigate his way away from this, it is significant that he has said nothing amidst this entire national spanking. >> surely he can try to drag this into federal court. but before we even get there, there is day possibility, i think remote possibility, but there is a possibility that the other owners and his sponsors and the fans do put enough pressure on him and if you do have some one like oprah winfrey who will offer him enough money
that he might agree to voluntarily sell the team. i think that is a long shot. but it is possible. if he decides heap does not want to sell the team and owners go through the process and the vote and decide to try to force him to sell the team. then i think we will end of in federal court. he has a number of argument he's can make as to why he cannot be forced to sell his team. nba constitution does have provisions in place that allow owners to force another owner to sell a team. but it is not clear that this is a circumstance that would warrant that forced sale. >> let me jump in. what you are basically saying is, that set of rules may have a trigger where sometimes you can force a steal but we don't know. not having the whole document released whether this in the eyes of the law or court would be one of the triggers? >> right. the document has released. there are certain steps, triggering factors that you allow them to vote an owner out. there its nothing explicit that says prejudicial statements could allow him to vote him out.
specific criteria, none of which would apply here. a catch-all provision that gives the commissioner power. there is ambiguity there. might be a little stretch for the commissioner to say under my ambiguous catch all provision i can allow other owners to force donald sterling out based on a private conversation he had that then became public. >> no offense, but that, but that, having been to law school that is all the law school we are going to do in the segment. mike, also, about the politics. politics are moving fast. listen to harry reid. what started in l.a. should go to washington, and a change in one of their professional sports teams. take a listen. >> since snyder fails to show any leadership. the national football league should take an assist and pick up the slack. it would be a slam dunk. for far too long the nfl has been sitting on its hand doing
nothing while a population of americans has been denigrated. i say to commissioner roger goodell. i believe roger goodell is a good man. time for this good man to act. remove this hateful term from your league's vocabulary. follow the nba's example and rid the league of bigotry and racism. >> one of the things donald sterling never did in one of the tapes was use a racial slur. his opinions were loathsome and horrible. every time some one says redskins that is an insult. a racial slur. this idea. i question. this was the greatest moment a commissioner in professional sports basically has never had. i do have a few problems with it. one. the fact all from a private conversation. little troubling. two he was dinged, if he committed real crimes, he was fined. sterling was fined millions for housing discrimination.
totally odious stuff. that, that was never addressed at the time. now i am not saying because he was bad in the past you can't punish him in the present. i say take totality of that. not shedding a tear for sterling. it does steam like this is a moment where the owners can say, ha-ha, but not ha-ha we are done with racism. i think it is bigger. if you think it is bigger. it is legitimate to talk about the redskins. talk about owners in other sports who have past discriminatory -- >> mike, you are putting your finger on the point here. is this something for people to wash thereby hands. look how good we did. or widen it. if you've widen it. it hits other billionaires. we are out of time that's why pie am talking so fast. mike pesca, gabe feldman. thank you, appreciate it. coming up. ted cruz and elizabeth warren square off over raising the minimum wage. and rob ford is back in the news tonight. details of a pretty big change in his life straight ahead.
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>> in the spotlight tonight, republicans versus the poor. while 75% of americans support a higher federal minimum wage. republicans wouldn't allow a vote on raising america's hourly wage. blocked with a filibuster. many on the right say raising minimum wage is bad for hiring practices though it has been raised 22 times since first implemented way back in 1938. for others on right. the on session to the minimum
wage sound more like this. >> the discussion before this chamber is whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. madam president even if it passed that is not the obama minimum wage rather the real obama minimum wage is zero dollars and zero cents an hour. to the millions of americans who have lost their job, because of $1.7 trillion in new taxes, crushing regulations, this is the obama minimum wage. zero dollars and zero cents. >> that is a tough political attack. the president expressed his frustration saying this from the white house east room. >> republicans in congress have found the time to vote more than 50 times to undermine or repeal the health care bill for
millions of working families. earlier this month they voted for a budget that would give the wealthiest americans a massive tax cut while forcing deep cuts to investments that help middle-class families. they won't raise wages for millions of working families? when 3/4 of americans the support it? that makes no sense. >> we heard similar frustration voiced by the senior senator from massachusetts. >> in 1968, the minimum wage was high enough to keep a working family of three out of poverty. in 1980, the minimum wage, kept a family of two out of poverty. to date minimum wage isn't even enough to keep a fully employed mother and a baby out of poverty. >> and one more point for the members of congress here. if you assume the average representative works 45 hours a week, all, all year. 52 weeks out of the year.
then the $10 minimum wage for constituents that they won't vote on is one thing. but they pay themselves $70 an hour. joining me now is my fellow co-host of the cycle, crystal ball. welcome. >> however you calculate that. they make $70 an hour is telling. you have talked a lot about elizabeth warren and her role here. the real political question does this broaden and become a defining issue in the mid terms? >> wish i had brought a giant poster board i could use to make my point here. i think that would be -- >> should i make an o. >> that helps me. thank you. >> you know, i think it is part of a larger conversation. i've think the minimum wage in and of itself. the republican staunch opposition to raising the minimum wage at all. is representative of a bigger narrative. the democrats are really the party fighting for the working class. fighting for the middle class. fighting for people, ordinary americans. and for the american dream that you can work hard and succeed on your own in this country.
while republicans continue to align themselves with the very top of the very top. i mean the reason they're opposed to this. big business is owe posed to it. they bankroll their campaigns. i am a little surprised given the politics of how popular the minimum wage is and how republicans are increasingly concerned about their image as being the party of the rich. that they don't just go for it with some, maybe not, 1010, but republicans could put forward a counter proposal of $9 an hour. and just kind of get the issue of the table. >> i agree. i think it is clear from indications in the white house that if they met them 20% of the way. forget halfway. you get some kind of deal. don't want to do that. take a listen to paul and chris, today. let's listen to that. >> today i've hope we can do something rare around here in washington. i hope we can listen and i hope we can learn. from the very people who are fight poverty on the front lines. >> here in the house, speaker
boehner refused to allow a vet to reward hard work by raising minimum wage. the speaker is refusing to allow a vote on the bipartisan bill that passed the senate to extend emergency unemployment health. for more than 3 million americans. >> they can't get a vote. >> basic question. why does paul ryan's opening statement there at the budget committee have no policy in it while van holland's does? >> well i think you know the answer to that question. paul ryan. he loves to wear these hats. he its very good at positioning himself as the, the serious budget guy now. he is positioning himself as the the republican who cares about the poor. but the policy its never there. i mean, the math never adds up in the budget. he engaged in the review of all of our poverty programs. massively dishonest. some of the professors whose research was cited in the report. we object to the way you interpret the results. the reality is never there in terms of what he actually wants to do.
and in fact his budget, his proposals would be devastating. any body that looks in a serious, balanced way would say the same. >> that's fair. why some shenanigans are frustrating and telling going into the mid terms. you see the, you aptly put it the zero sign. zero sign could, apply to ted cruz's plan. crystal ball. thank you for joining us. >> of course. >> fresh it. coming up. we have, toronto tea controversial mayor making headlines tonight. that's straight ahead. when does your work end? does it end after you've expanded your business? after your company's gone public?
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after a canadian newspaper obtained a video of the mayor allegedly smoking some kind of drugs. here's what the globe and mail reports tonight. quote, a second video of toronto mayor rob ford smoke what has been described as crack cocaine by a self professed drug dealer was secretly filmed in his sister's basement early sat dare morning. the clip shows mr. ford taking a drag from a long copper colored pipe, exhaling smoke, his right arm convulsing. the footage part of the package of three videos that the dealer said was filmed around 1:15 a.m. in which he says he is now selling for at least six figures. mr. ford declined to answer questions from the globe and mail less than an hour after they asked the mayor for comment however here's the news. his lawyer, dennis morris announced mr. ford is planning to take a break from the mayoral election. rob ford was all ready stripped of most of his mayoral powers in november after he made this admission to the toronto city council.
>> have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years? >> yes, i have. >> another alleged crack smoking video not the only tape that ford is dealing with. the toronto sun, obtained audio of the mayor at a toronto bar this week making apparently sexually graphic remark as but a female politician. quote, the recording, covertly taped by a bar patron monday night. captures the mayor being unruly if he is ordering booze, complaining abut his wife and making lewd comments about contender karen stinz. let's get to it. by phone. investigative reporter at the globe and mail who viewed the new video tapes and author we should mention of course, of crazy town, the rob ford story. welcome, how are you to night? i am well, a busy day.
let's start with the facts. we believe, you believe you know the tapes to be authentic. how? >> well, we can't authenticate them. we didn't, we didn't obtain the videos. didn't send them to an outside expert or anything. but i along with my, colleague, greg macarthur here at the globe and mail, viewed these, there are three tapes. there are, they are vary in length. they're, you know, along as five minutes. and one of them, the mayor is holding a pip that is consistent with the crack use in which -- a self professed drug dealer who was there that night. who shot the video says, it contains crack cocaine. he clearly inhales. exhales. i mean the length of the videos. involvement of them. it would be very difficult to doctor that. and moving picture. >> let me jump in. so you know and viewers know. we are showing a screen grab of
the video according to the globe and mail. have to mention, msnbc, hasn't confirmed it either. although, as you know, the screen grab shows the man who looks like rob ford holding some type of smoking utensil. talk to us about the fact that he is going to rehab. something i believe he said he was disinclined to do on many previous occasions. >> the mayor announce heed would go to rehab. lots of reasons why he could do that. i will not speculate. we are in an election. and we are, in five months. six month away from the election. and certainly political strategist that i have spoken with involved in this campaign suggest heed couldn't survive another big scandal like this. some are maybe quietly saying, he is, this its a political move. but i have no proof of that of course. is he totally out of control here.
there have been numerous incidents of the may your being videotaped. acting erratically. appearing impaired. surfaced over several months. rob ford made headlines last november after he admitted to smoking crack, and the police investigation, and the heavy interest in the states. this has not really gone away up here in toronto. this, the reason that this story is so important, important is that the mayor has basically said now, well, i am drinking still. he has continued to say i am done with the drugs. i can't say what is in the pipe. acting erratic. gesturing wildly in the photos. seems to be smoking crack cocaine. >> yeah, you mention the election. i mean the fact that he is even in the running. these polls are all over the place. but last month. according to the, toronto mayoral poll, he was at 28%. with other people in the 30s, 20s. do you have any sense of, of road to re-elect forcing him here.
even, even after he has been stripped of his powers. and there is all the videos this week. >> our election is sort of complicated. sort of simple. a weird situation. there is a left wing counselor, or a left wing politician, a politician famous, maybe hillary clinton of canada. if that makes sense. the big rival to ford. a conservative named john torrie. the three of them are duking it out. right now, rob ford is running second. will this impact him and push behind the conservative candidate. i will do rob ford's policies without distractions. the real question. people might vote for ford strategically to avoid a left winger getting in. >> interesting little sketch you gave us. if she is the hillary clinton of canada. i don't know who've the rob ford all of ka is. >> don't think we have one. >> an open question right now. >> robin doo little. thank you for the update on a pretty wild day on your reporting there. >> thank you, a lot, ari. >> absolutely.
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takes place in nigeria. more than two weeks ago. 234 teenage girls were kidnapped directly from their boarding school in the remote town. islamic group is responsible, a militant group, which advocates law, opposes education, and one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world. some of the girls have escaped their captors. almost 200 remain missing to night. there are reports the group took the girls to other countries and have conducted marriages. today, protesters gathered, and calling for a search for the missing girls. joining us deputy assistant secretary of state for african affairs, lisa williams, for president obama. welcome. tell us what we know at this point about what is happening there in nigeria? >> thank you we, find the kidnapping of over 100 girls in nigeria to be abhorrent.
we have called on the immediate return and reap lease of the girls. a return to their families. very little more than what you have already explained is known as to their whereabouts. >> let me read from the state department annual report on global terrorism today that your colleagues put together. it says quote the united states called the nigeria government to employ a comprehensive strategy -- and to address legitimate concerns of the people of northern nigeria and protect the right of all of nigeria's citizens. we have done a lot of coverage of different disasters around -- disasters around the world the i read from the report. and you obviously worked, and the president worked to isolate the terrorist organization as a designated terrorist organization. what more can you do?
>> we are working very closely with the nigeria government there, close partners of ours. we have a program, a counterterrorism program that works in various sectors, both with the military, with law enforcement and with civil society. we are trying to help them improve the professionalism of their security forces. we are helping to build their forensics and investigative capacity and strengthen their criminal justice system so they can prosecute properly and fully. we also are helping them to strengthen their civilian military relations capacity. stow we are -- working not only with the nigerian government and in various forms and civil society but also working with the countries in the region on border protection and in cooperating with each other like in counterterrorism. >> and, what do you think about when you look at all of these young women who remain missing at this point. >> this is a terrible tragedy. discussing with the authorities ways we might help support their efforts to find and free, free
these young girls and women. this is something that, that -- we are, have condemned. the international community condemned. working closely with the nigerians to see what else we can do to help find the girls. >> yeah, just a terrible story. one we were discussing in the newsroom and will be covering again. thank you for spending some time updating us on the work here and, of course, our thoughts and prayers go out to all these families. >> of thank you. thank you, our that's are with them and their prayers and appreciate the coverage you are giving to this. >> absolutely. have a good night. i will mention i have been sitting in for lawrence o'donnell. more of the interview with the mother of the executed inmate on our website
sterling habits, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews back in washington. let me start tonight with this, burgeoning national focus on racial remarks. did yesterday's banishment of donald sterling mark a new zero tolerance in hostile language? are we entering upon a new era where words spoken in private or public that carry negative attitudes or views will face round condemnation? and what about the political side of this? is there a new line that elected officials have to respect? can they no longer place the primary blame, for example, on poverty, on the poor themselves? can they defend cuts and welfare and other support programs by sa p